42nd Annual Houston Puppet Festival

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Recurring Event Event Series: 42nd Annual Houston Puppet Festival

September 17 @ 8:30 am 3:30 pm

Free – $70
close up shot of a puppet show

From the organizer:

Marionettes, Hand Puppets, Shadow Puppets, Body Puppets, Ventriloquism!


Karen Konnerth, Calliope Puppets, New Orleans, LA.

Pix Smith, Dallas Puppet Theater, Dallas, TX

Ellen Scott and Robbie Lueth, Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre, Austin, TX

Rick Strot and Allen Reeves Ware, Ware House Puppets, Waco, TX


Make puppets and learn to use them!

Top Ten Reasons to Use Puppets in the Classroom, Make Loch Ness Puppet, Nancy Renfro Puppets, Ventriloquism, Make your Favorite Stories into a Puppet Show, Ventriloquism 101, Make Flip Face Puppets, Carving Czech Style Marionettes, Make Peter Rabbit Glove Puppet, Puppet City: Memorable, Standards Based Social Studies Through Puppetry, Make a Monster Puppet, Make Newspaper Puppet, Retell Stories with Puppets, Make Talking Sock Puppet, Make Grocery Bag Puppet, Make Spider Glove Puppet, Shadow Puppetry Illusions, Mix-methods of The Ware House Puppets, The Variety Marionette Show: Why and How, and more!

PUPPET STORE: Buy Puppets and Puppetry Books (Cash or Checks Only)!   Lunch Included!

PER DAY COST: Adults: $70. Youth: $50.

Info: http://puppetfest.org | 832-585-1111 or 281-799-1398 | adventureland1@mac.com or jkpuppet@aol.com

Friday, September 16PERFORMANCES – Free Admission

2:30 – 3:30 Forum Theater Puppet Performance

“The Goat in the Chili Patch”  Rick Strot and Allen Reeves Ware, Ware House Puppets, Waco, TX

The Ware House Puppets present “The Goat in the Chili Patch,” a Mexican Folktale, retold by Rick Strot, and developed for the puppet stage by Rick Strot and Allen Reeves Ware. Poor little Pepe has a problem; a mean goat has invaded his Mamacita’s chili patch and will not leave.  See what hilarity ensues as Pepe enlists the help of his barnyard friends to chase away the mean goat.  In the end, Pepe learns a lesson about judging someone on appearances.

4:30 – 5:30 Forum Theater Puppet Performance

“Strings Variety Show”  Pix Smith, Dallas Puppet Theater, Dallas, TX. 

Large-scale marionettes perform to lively and familiar music all operated in full view of the audience.  After the show, our special backstage look has inspired not only new puppeteers, but even other performers!  

Saturday, September 17, PERFORMANCES – Free Admission

2:30 – 3:30 Forum Theater Puppet Performance

“The Bumper Crop”  Ellen Scott and Robbie Lueth, Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre, Austin, TX

Young Wally Wheeler wonders when he swallows a watermelon seed, if vines could grow out of his ears. It’s his wildest dream, but just watch it come true in this visually stunning, outrageously funny show.

4:30 – 5:30 Forum Theater Puppet Performance

CALLIOPE KATE AND THE VOICE OF THE RIVER” Karen Konnerth, Calliope Puppets, New Orleans, LA                             

Karen Konnerth with her Calliope Puppets invites children and adults on a journey down the Mississippi River in an original tall tale, “Calliope Kate and the Voice of the River” (now available in book form from Pelican Publishing). Accompany fearless Kate on her parents’ shanty boat as she straightens out the winding river, rides a giant catfish, and finally battles a hurricane with the musical instrument of her dreams – the loud and cacophonous steamboat calliope! Then, as Kate heads off up the river, her Ma and Pa join forces to tell a comical fishing story from the Brothers Grimm.

6823 Cypresswood Dr.
Spring, TX 77379
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